Midwinter Meeting

From glass half empty to glass half full: evaluating the current ebook environment

Washington, D.C. – Three years ago, major publishers refused to sell ebooks to libraries, no one knew how to download an ebook file, and the staffs of public libraries were hit with an unforeseen surge of patron interest in ebooks.  Now that the dust has settled and the ebook market has matured, where are we?   A distinguished panel of speakers will sort out that question as they describe how things have changed and what libraries can expect in the not so distant future during a panel presentation being held at the American Library Association (ALA)’s Midwinter Conference a

ALCTS Virtual Symposium on Research Data Management

CHICAGO —The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) will present a two-day virtual symposium (Jan. 19 and 21)  designed to provide a thoughtful, interactive, and actionable introduction to building and delivering research data management services.

A bevy of new books, products, special events at the ALA Store at Midwinter Meeting

Longer hours and easy access near the ALA Lounge and Networking Uncommons in the North Lobby, Level 1 of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC) make it convenient to shop and browse at the ALA Store at Midwinter Meeting.  The ALA Store offers products that meet the widest range of your promotional and continuing education/professional development needs—as well as fun gift items. Make sure to carve out some time in your schedule to stop by and examine the many new and bestselling items available!

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Family Care and Workplace Culture: Issues Facing 21st Century Working Women to be presented during the upcoming ALA Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — A session entitled Family Care and Workplace Culture: Issues Facing 21st Century Working Women will be presented from 9 - 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston (#alamw16).

2016 Morris Award finalists announced

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), selected five books as finalists for the 2016 William C. Morris Award, which honors the year’s best books written for young adults by a previously unpublished author. YALSA will name the 2016 award winner at the Youth Media Awards at 8 a.m. on Jan. 11 in Boston during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting.

Ask the preservation experts at ALA Midwinter

CHICAGO —Ask the experts your preservation questions at the Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS) Forum at the upcoming ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston. The PARS Forum will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2016 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, room 102B.

United for Libraries to present ‘Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations’ at Midwinter

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania - United for Libraries will present “Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations” from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 8 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, 156AB, during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston.

The popular, free Nuts & Bolts program will feature speakers addressing topics of interest to Trustees, Friends, Foundations and advocates. Those planning to attend the Nuts & Bolts program at the ALA Midwinter Meeting should RSVP to united@ala.org.

Learn to create out-of-this-world kids’ science programming at ALA’s 2016 Midwinter Meeting

BOSTON — Library professionals are invited to a special in-depth learning session, “Creating Out-of-This-World Children’s Science Programming with Free NASA Resources,” at the American Library Association (ALA) 2016 Midwinter Meeting in Boston.

The session will be held from 1 to 4:15 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 10, at the Boston Convention Center.

2016 Nonfiction Award finalists announced

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), selected five books as finalists for the 2016 Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award, which honors the best nonfiction books written for young adults between Nov. 1, 2014 and Oct. 31, 2015. YALSA will name the 2016 award winner at the Youth Media Awards on Jan.

ALA Midwinter: Author Catherine J. Ross to discuss how our schools teach lessons in censorship

CHICAGO — Nearly half a century ago Justice Abe Fortas famously declared that students do not shed their constitutional right to freedom of speech at the schoolhouse gate.  Yet public schools in the United States frequently censor student speech, especially controversial speech, often with the approval of the courts.   School librarians confront this reality daily as they advocate and defend students' freedom of speech and their right to receive information. 

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